Don't Tell Us Amazon May Be Forced to Start Charging Sales Tax

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At the end of June, a bill will be floated at Capitol Hill, proposing Amazon start collecting sales tax from its customers. Meaning, in essence, that online shopping could become more expensive.

There's still a chance the Main Street Fairness Act bill might not go through, considering it's been suggested many times in the past. This time however the future is looking ominous, with online shops granted enough of a head start that they now need to start paying their sales tax like brick-and-mortar stores. This could net states $11.3 billion in revenue next year, if approved.

Oh sure, you may argue that customers are required to declare any online purchases on their income tax forms, but how many people actually do—and how many even knew they were supposed to?


At least we know that Amazon has our back, so to speak. They're obviously against the introduction of sales tax, and have constantly fought off state plans to force them into it, by threatening to close distribution depots and fire hundreds of employees in any area that tries to take them on.

There is a silver lining, however—even without sales tax, Amazon's prices are still lower than Target, Wal-Mart, and other national chains. It's a comfort and convenience that will have customers returning time and time again, with sales tax not likely to put them off too much. [BusinessWeek]

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Serolf Divad

If this upsets you then stop complaining about our shitty schools. Stop complaining about potholes on your street. Stop complaining that your city cut back garbage collection from two days a week to once every other week. Stop complaining that there's never a cop around when you need one. Stop complaining that you can't find a job because local stores keep going out of business.

I love shopping "tax free" as much as the next guy, but I recognize that it's starving our state and local governments of revenue that they need to provide the services we expect.